"I wonder if you realize how toxic and polarizing the terms 'spread by human activities' is? I am not arguing whether this is factual or not in this instance. I am noting that I have an immediate and visceral response to this statement. Why is it so important that any environmental problem has to be given a heaping dose of guilt for it to be valid?"
"Yes, the killing of this entire thylacine species is the fault of humans, but I'm sick of hearing about how awful humans are every time we discuss something that went extinct at the same time we existed."
Okay, people hate being guilt-tripped, and pointing out that you-know-who is once again responsible for some planetary calamity can harm rather than help the cause. Fine, I get it.
But then I hear that six astronauts had to jump into their escape "lifeboat" capsules on Tuesday, because a piece of space junk came dangerously close to colliding with the International Space Station. And it turns out this is not unusual: "It is not the first time space station crews have scrambled for shelter from accumulated space junk. Crews are routinely put on alert to prepare to move out of harm’s way."
|Space: the final frontier for us to trash|
Says The New York Times: "Since the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957, the space neighborhood has become cluttered with human-made detritus--more than half a million pieces, by recent estimates, from the size of a marble on up. If the orbits of two intersect, the result can be a destructive collision. 'It's getting kind of dangerous,' said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithosonian Center for Astrophysics who has become an expert on space debris."
And I end up with my head in my hands, making those weird chuckling sounds that are the frayed ends of laughter. Really? Really? An entire FREAKING PLANET to pollute was not enough for us? We also had to discard so much litter into space that astronauts are now having to dodge it?
What can be done with a species like this?